About those Millenials

As is the way of curmudgeons since time immemorial, we tend to rag on the millennials, for their sloth, their fecklessness, for still living in our basements, and above all for their liberalism. We may have to get over it soon. From Investor’s Business Daily.

The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll of 16,000 millennials found that support for Democrats among this generation dropped to 46% — a nine-point plunge from 55% just two years ago. Just 39% of white millennials now say they favor Democrats. It also found that more millennials say the GOP is a better steward of the economy.

Given the millennial generation is 71 million strong and about as big as the baby boom generation, this is potentially catastrophic news for Democrats.

It wasn’t that long ago, after all, that experts told us how Republicans faced the political wilderness because they had lost this generation thanks to their conservative positions on things like health care, taxes, regulations and gun rights.

Here’s how the L.A. Times put it almost exactly two years ago: “Republicans long have worried about how to survive as conservative GOP voters die off and are replaced by more liberal younger Americans. A new national poll of millennial voters suggests that the 2016 presidential race has only hastened the shift they have feared.”

But a funny thing happened over the past two years. The millennial generation started growing up.

They are getting married, buying homes and starting families in increasing numbers. And as a result, they’re starting to realize that the liberalism they espoused as youths comes at too high a price in adulthood.

Funny isn’t it, that they, like us, got mugged by reality. We can all understand the allure of liberalism, getting things simply for wanting them, thinking you know everything, and have solved all the problems of the world, and all the rest. We understand it because we lived through it – well most of us did, anyway.

The thing is, being entitled is great if you’ve got a sugar daddy to indulge you, or sometimes even an overgenerous government, but if you want to get married, have kids, and that conventional stuff, maybe even including a house in the suburbs with (gasp) a lawn, well you’re going to need more than the dole.

The employment-to-population ratio among 24- to 34-year-olds, for example, is finally back to its pre-recession level of 79%, after remaining stuck in the low- to mid-70% range for most of the Obama years.

The Economic Optimism Index among those age 18 to 24 is now at 59.3, according to the IBD/TIPP Poll. It has averaged 57 since Trump took office. (Anything over 50 is optimistic, under 50 is pessimistic.) Among those age 25 to 44, the optimism index is 53.5, which is higher than the overall index.

In short, the tide is rising, and the Democrats used much too short an anchor chain, and it may help to sink them.

That doesn’t mean that all is sweetness and light for the Republicans though. Millenials aren’t flocking to the GOP, many are turning independent.

What’s more, the survey shows that while support for Democrats dropped by nine points, support for Republicans among this age group climbed only 6 points, to 36%.

Nevertheless, Democrats aren’t doing much to woo these millennials back. If anything, their increasingly radical positions on health care (single payer), immigration (amnesty), gun control(more of it), welfare (vastly expanded benefits), and taxes (repeal Trump tax cuts) are likely to drive even more of the massive, rapidly maturing millennial generation out of their camp.

Well, that’s no real surprise is it? The Stupid Party™ is doing its level best to separate from the Republican president, who is accomplishing a lot. Those must be some really wonderful cocktail parties the libs throw, for them to endanger the country just to keep hanging out with the cool kids.

I’m sure not going to blame the millennials for not supporting the Republican party, I’m going to call them smart, not least because they agree with me. Is there a more repulsive group of spineless cretins than the national Republicans, other perhaps than the national Democrats, pick your flavor of evil.

Oh, and as always: “Get off my lawn!”

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7 Responses to About those Millenials

  1. the unit says:

    Well, I’ll call them smart because many, maybe most, will learn. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from more than one marriage and a total of 49 years of married life, it’s that everyone eats crow some of the time. If you’re like me you’ve eaten it a lot of times. If not all the time. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Ain’t my favorite food, but it’s a staple around here. 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    Really Shhhhh…by gosh! Besides IBD others like Reuters are carrying this…and the blogs. I read many Millennials didn’t vote last time as Hillary was a shoo-in. Maybe we shouldn’t upset the apple cart as to what worked before. 🙂
    Bad at Drudge today. I hate the new built-in mouse on my laptop. Just move the cursor over a story to see what the source is and…Bang…just a finger tap to hard and you get it. That so today for a story that said folks over 65 life is gone crazy with sex. All I wanted to see is the source as I know the reality of that for me already. But Bang, I hit it too hard I guess and guess what…I got a hack/virus saying computer frozen and call this number to fix.
    Well, been there, done that. I fixed it like sex…premature ejaculation. Gone with a click. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, hate my laptops touchpad. someplace I have keyboard that I usually take with me. almost fullsize and a touchpad where the numeric keypad normally is, if I was buying it now, I’d buy a bluetooth one.

      There’s truth in that I think, and I don’t see anyone on the horizon that they’re likely to get excited about, lazy kids! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        “…someplace I have keyboard…” Like old days… no condom when you need one. 🙂
        Back then could always get one from the machine at the bus station restroom. Keyboards these days? 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I’ve got a bunch, but that’s the best one out running around. Amazon, usually, price OK, selection, OMG! 🙂

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